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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:27 PM

OK, this "Black Friday" crap has gone completely stupid.!

Some stores are opening at midnight. Worse, others are opening at 8pm on Thanksgiving. This forces store employees to work these ridiculous hours. Time to boycott stores during these insane times. Christmas shopping before the dishes from Thanksgiving dinner are even done? Really?

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Reply OK, this "Black Friday" crap has gone completely stupid.! (Original post)
Brigid Nov 2012 OP
proud2BlibKansan Nov 2012 #1
Bjorn Against Nov 2012 #2
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #6
Marie Marie Nov 2012 #3
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #4
Victor_c3 Nov 2012 #23
FSogol Nov 2012 #37
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #5
Raine Nov 2012 #21
JI7 Nov 2012 #7
Victor_c3 Nov 2012 #24
Honeycombe8 Nov 2012 #8
Butterbean Nov 2012 #9
sarcasmo Nov 2012 #10
Day And Night Nov 2012 #13
trixie Nov 2012 #26
Brigid Nov 2012 #16
Booster Nov 2012 #11
Raine Nov 2012 #20
goclark Nov 2012 #28
Day And Night Nov 2012 #12
justice1 Nov 2012 #17
musical_soul Nov 2012 #14
WCGreen Nov 2012 #15
JI7 Nov 2012 #18
GeorgeGist Nov 2012 #19
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #22
xfundy Nov 2012 #27
PavePusher Nov 2012 #25
Brigid Nov 2012 #31
PavePusher Nov 2012 #35
2ndAmForComputers Nov 2012 #39
LittlestStar Nov 2012 #29
Dyedinthewoolliberal Nov 2012 #30
funkhowser1 Nov 2012 #33
kairos12 Nov 2012 #34
Carolina Nov 2012 #32
Archae Nov 2012 #36
cbdo2007 Nov 2012 #38

Response to Brigid (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:29 PM

1. One of our stores here had Black Saturday this past weekend.

That's getting a head start!

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:33 PM

2. This could however be the first Black Friday worth celebrating if Wal-Mart employees go on strike

Make sure to join any striking workers in your community on the picket line.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:37 PM

6. I will, not on the picket

With camera, notepad and press.

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:33 PM

3. They are opening because they know people will show up with credit cards in hand.

Shame on them and shame on us. Give these underpaid workers their Thanksgiving back by NOT shopping at these stores. Yea, that'll happen.

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:33 PM

4. we always eat mid-afternoon.

 

by 8pm- the dishes are done and the leftovers put away.


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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:43 AM

23. By 8 pm I'm already on my way for leftovers! n/t

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:19 PM

37. Same here. We like cold turkey sandwiches and root beer in the late evening.

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:35 PM

5. Shoppers Already In Line For Black Friday. article from 3 days ago below


Black Friday Shoppers 2012: Best Buy Shoppers Line Up Early In California
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/16/black-friday-shoppers-2012_n_2146691.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business


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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:13 AM

21. I actually saw these people lined up outside of Best Buys

at first I thought they were lined up for something for the next morning but realized they had lined up awhole week ahead of time!

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:39 PM

7. it feels like there is more mention of Black Friday than Thanksgiving

like Thanksgiving is more about black friday now.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:47 AM

24. You can thank FDR for that

FDR moved thanksgiving to it's current date during the great depression in a move to extend the Chri$tma$ shopping season in 1939. Thank$giving is all about the money.

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:40 PM

8. I will NOT shop at stores on Thanksgiving! That is ridiculous.

Besides, I'm going to be so fat and happy and sleepy, I can't imagine going out to stores.

Geez...this consumerism craze is getting out of hand.

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:40 PM

9. I never shop on Black Friday, anywhere, ever.

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:44 PM

10. Greedy corporations screwing labor by making them work right after Thanksgiving dinner.

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Response to sarcasmo (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:55 PM

13. Depends

It honestly depends on your frame of reference. I used to work retail. It wasn't too bad working Black Fri weekends right after thanksgiving dinner. I'd just slip on my white Nikes, smoke a clip and then I'm on the way. It's my favorite time of the year when I did retail. The days went by in the blink of an eye and there was green -- in more ways than one.

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Response to Day And Night (Reply #13)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:56 PM

26. I like the way you think

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Response to sarcasmo (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:56 PM

16. There is only one answer to this:

Consumers refusing to hit the stores until at least a decent hour on Friday. These greedy retailers greedy retailers would get the message when they see empty stores.

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:46 PM

11. Here in L.A. people started camping out at the stores on Monday. How stupid is that.

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Response to Booster (Reply #11)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:02 AM

20. Yup, Sunday night I drove passed Best Buy and parking lot was full people in a line outside

the store. I thought they were waiting for some special in the morning but they are in line for Black Friday ... JESUS CHRIST!

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Response to Booster (Reply #11)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:02 PM

28. In Los Angeles people reported

that they could not find a parking space at Target.

It was packed all day.

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:53 PM

12. Normally..

Normally, I guess I would agree. I hate shopping. I just want to get in and out. I work 3 jobs, it pays the bills and I'm paying down my student loan debt in as big of chunks as possible. The few hours of free time I do have, I relax by playing on my 360. I've had it for 5 years since it came out. It's on life support now. Last legs and whatnot. Walmart has a black Friday special where I can get a 360 console for 150. If you know of a deal like that anywhere else but Walmart.. I'll take my cash there.

But I'm afraid that.. Capital (cash) rules everything around me. CREAM

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Response to Day And Night (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:26 AM

17. Ask your friends what stores in your area honor other stores early bird specials.

I'm going to miss my small town Pamida, which is now a Shopko. Everyone in town would get up early and go to the burbs and city. I walked in at 9:00 a.m., with other stores ads, and they price matched everything. Best of all, I was the only person at the register.

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:56 PM

14. I agree.

People shouldn't be opening on Thanksgiving Day. That's wrong.

It went crazy when people started running over each other at the Wal-Mart and other stores.

Tis the season to run over your neighbor for a tv.

Falalalalala!

Uh, no.

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:56 PM

15. I remember when people started to gather on the day after Thanksgiving....

And go shopping. It usually was when kids came home from College, most for the first time, and went to the malls to hang out and see if anyone else was hanging around.

One of my friends and I would head up to the top of the town restaurant in Cleveland and drink Martini's and then smoke a couple hits off a joint and then float through the crowds...

Now, i haven't had a drink since 1983 and smoked a joint or anything illegal since about 1982 so that is how long ago it was.

We had a lot of fun as we ran into a lot of people we knew and then headed out to the bars where we hung out when we first graduated from high school.

Now, I wait for the reunions to take a trip down memory lane.

Still, we never really went for the bargains but to try and bridge that gap between high school and real life.

That is what i remember.

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #15)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:35 AM

18. i think that's what it has usually been about , of course there would be sales

but i think it was more relaxing before. more about spending time with people , especially those you no longer regularly see.

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:22 AM

19. All part of the Christmas War.

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:18 AM

22. I can't image that any Turkey cooks will be out shopping.


By the time I've cooked Thanksgiving Dinner, get it all on the table, put away the leftovers, and do up the dishes - my back and legs hurt so much that all I want to do is SIT DOWN and not get up! I can't imagine going shopping for at least a couple days after turkey day.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #22)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:00 PM

27. Why aren't the men there helping you?

Geez! I grew up in an environment where the women did all the work and the men watched football, both at Thanksgiving and Xmas.

I could never understand why anyone would watch football, let alone golf.

When I was a kid I'd go into the kitchen and try to help out, but would often get asked why I wasn't watching football. Cuz it was boring?

Of course, when I grew up I understood the homoerotic value of watching sweaty "mens" all slappin' each other on the butt. But still, cooking is something that all enjoy, and I love to do my time in the kitchen.

Except for the clean-up ... I didn't get that gene. Nor the decorating one. Sniff.

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Response to PavePusher (Reply #25)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:44 PM

31. That these soldiers are in a combat zone instead of with their families is a damned shame.

But that is not what I'm talking about here. I'm talking about the stupidity of people camping out for days (don't they have jobs?) in front of Wal-Mart or Best Buy or some damn place to get a deal on a cheap Chinese-made TV or something else that will soon be broken, discarded, and forgotten, instead of spending time with their families, which is what the holiday is supposed to be about. And these stupid, greedy retailers encourage this--as if people wouldn't just do their shopping on another day. The whole thing just makes no sense to me.

I've gotten so I dislike almost any kind of shopping anymore, and find retailers among the most annoying entities around. You can't make a simple purchase without being plied with "offers" for other crap you have no interest in, which the retailers require that the clerks make (and, in many cases, "rate" them on how much "upselling" they do), which makes any transaction take twice as long as it should; the demand e-mail addresses so they can bombard you with spam, looking at you funny if you won't give them one; and send junk mail by the pound. It makes purchasing anything an exercise in frustration.

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Response to Brigid (Reply #31)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:03 PM

35. Which is why I don't go anywhere near any retail that weekend.....

 

if I can avoid it (and I'm not deployed).

My point is that anyone with a job, even at WalMart, that isn't in a combat zone, does not have my sympathy if they complain about having to work on a holiday.

This year I'm not deployed, but I'm always on-call, and have things coming up that I'll still be preparing for. Parents are coming down from Utah on Saturday, I still don't have the house cleaned up because the last two weekends were spent packing up the house of a comrade dying of cancer. So yeah, sympathy, out-of-stock, on perpetual back-order. TFB.

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Response to PavePusher (Reply #35)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 12:04 AM

39. Heh. Shooting fish in a barrel IS fun!

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:12 PM

29. I actually am shopping Black Friday because what my daughter wants will sell out.

But that store doesn't open until 5am. Lucky me.

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:41 PM

30. Friday after Thanksgiving is a great football day!

So I will not be anywhere near a mall.

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Response to Dyedinthewoolliberal (Reply #30)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:54 PM

33. Best Buy's in Tampa

Saw story on local news ... people have been camping out since Sunday. Best Buy provides electrical connections and PortaLets. Sad part was the 5 year old boy that has spent each of his 5 birthdays (Nov. 23) in a Best Buy parking lot with his parents waiting for the bargins.

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Response to funkhowser1 (Reply #33)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:58 PM

34. That is Child Abuse

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:50 PM

32. Thanksgiving

used to be food, family, fun and The Wizard of Oz!

Oh, the good old days... when Christmas decorations debuted after Thanksgiving, not before Halloween

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:09 PM

36. Wal-Mart is bad, K-Mart is worse.

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Response to Brigid (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:23 PM

38. You don't like buying cheap stuff for you and your family??

We easily save hundreds of $$$ on everyday items on black friday and Thanksgiving sales.

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